Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman

2019 Words Jun 10th, 2015 9 Pages
“Fake it ‘til you make it,” is a mantra that both inspires uncertain individuals to attempt something new and a battle cry for those who refuse to accept the reality of a situation. Whether it be in the acknowledgement that one needs help or that you shouldn’t have seventeen cats, the fear of hurt or loss is often too great to accept the cold, hard truth. Unfortunately, many are not alerted to the greater danger of avoiding personal growth and forming realistic, healthy relationships. Both Judith Guest and Arthur Miller use their respective literary works ‘Ordinary People’ and ‘Death of a Salesman’ to illustrate that not addressing who we are as individuals and remaining unaware of reality will only lead to unhappiness, dysfunction, and eventual tragedy. The main character and the driving force behind the action of ‘Death of a Salesman’ Willy Loman is both unaware of reality and ignorant to his own need to find himself. He reminisces often of how his father and brother were successful businessmen selling wares they made with their own hands, and strives to be as successful as they were. Many children take after their parents, particularly in their interests particularly due to what they were exposed to in childhood. Willy inherited his father’s love of working with his hands--his father being a skilled musical instrument artisan--and often fed this love in adulthood by rebuilding his house. Willy mistook his father’s success and happiness as the result of being a salesman,…
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